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Biblical Languages Concentration

With knowledge of Greek and Hebrew—the original languages of the Old and New Testaments—you will undoubtedly begin to read and understand God’s Word in a new light. Proficiency in these languages will also enable you to read, and perhaps eventually translate, other ancient and medieval original texts. In the biblical languages concentration, you will develop a strong foundation in Greek and Hebrew and dive into the world of exegesis.

Why study biblical languages at Gordon?

In addition to offering coursework in Hebrew and classical and Koine Greek, Gordon is among only a handful of undergraduate colleges that offer coursework in Syriac—another important language for reading ancient texts and understanding the worldview of early Christians. Gordon’s partnership with nearby Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will expand your options for upper-level biblical language study.

What careers can I pursue?

Biblical languages students often pursue seminary or graduate studies, or go on to do Bible translation work around the world. As a biblical studies major, you will be biblically and theologically grounded to follow the vocation that God has given you. Our graduates serve in a variety of vocations, including:

  • Bible translator
  • Medical field worker
  • Professor or teacher
  • Missionary
  • Pastor or church ministry staff
  • Nonprofit employee or relief worker
  • Lawyer
  • Youth ministry worker

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You can study the Bible on site by participating in one of our Jerusalem University College programs—including a three-week field study in Israel or a semester-long study abroad experience at the Jerusalem University College.

Through our partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary down the street, you can take up to eight credits in upper-level language courses or in other relevant areas of study alongside your courses at Gordon.

Global Opportunities
Enrich your biblical education—and more broadly, your liberal arts education—by studying abroad:

Related Programs
While the biblical studies major can be combined with almost any other academic program, the following work particularly well with the major:

You may also considering adding coursework in linguistics or ancient history to round out your understanding of the ancient world. 

Interested?

For more information, contact:

Elaine Phillips
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries

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The biblical languages concentration is part of the biblical studies major.